Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore's transport sector to observe a minute of silence at 4pm for Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE - Singapore's entire transport sector - land, sea and air - will be observing a minute of silence at 4pm on Sunday, as a mark of respect to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

At Changi Airport, there will be no landings or take-offs for a short period of time around 4pm.

Public announcements will be made to both passengers and visitors in all three terminals that include transit, public and staff areas, prior to and at the sounding of the siren, signifying the start of the observance, Changi Airport Group said in a statement on Sunday.

Prior to the minute of silence, all MRT trains will pull to a stop at stations and open their doors, said the Ministry of Transport.

Buses scheduled to depart from bus interchanges and terminals will be held back during the one minute of silence.

Passenger Information Displays in the MRT network and bus interchanges will show "One minute of silence for Mr Lee Kuan Yew".

Announcements will also be made at stations and on board trains. All MRT and road work sites will stop work to observe the minute of silence.

Port workers at container terminals at Brani, Keppel and Tanjong Pagar, along with those working at ferry and cruise terminals at HarbourFront and Marina South Pier, temporarily suspended operations at around 1pm during the Ceremonial Sail Past by two vessels from the Republic of Singapore Navy.

Those at the PSA terminals and Jurong Port, as well as cruise and ferry terminals and landing places operated by MPA, Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCC) and Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC), will join the nation in observing a minute of silence at 4pm.

The regional ferry terminals, MBCC and SCC will also screen the live procession of the funeral.

All 181 television screens at gatehold rooms across Changi Airport will also be screening the live coverage of the state funeral of the late Mr Lee.

Mr Lee's State Funeral procession started at 12.30pm on Sunday, and will pass through numerous significant landmarks before reaching the University Cultural Centre where the funeral service will be held.

The service is to be held from 2pm to 5.15pm before a private cremation at the Mandai Crematorium.

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